ABC’s Two Johns on Sunday

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Once upon a time, the broadcast networks carefully crafted their schedules so that audiences would flow from one show to another. This Sunday, however, ABC will air, in order, a lighthearted John Legend variety special followed by a deadly serious interview with John Bolton.

So will you watch John Legend, John Bolton. both Johns, neither?

8 pm ET: John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day

Legend will perform music from his new album released today, Bigger Love, and play a “hilarious” ‘Fatherly Feud’ game with some of his guests, who will include Stevie Wonder, Anthony Anderson, Shaquille O’Neal, Common and Scottie Pippen. Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen and their two kids Luna and Miles will also be guests (this is a Father’s Day special, after all).

“Some of us may wonder if it’s okay to laugh right now,” said Legend. “But music and humor have always lifted our spirits during tough times. This special celebrates love and the connection to the ones you care about most. I hope it brings joy and laughter into everyone’s homes this Father’s Day.”

If you want to continue the joy and laughter, we’d suggest turning the TV set off – or changing the channel — after the Legend special, because up next will be…

9 pm: The Room Where it Happened: ABC News Exclusive Interview with John Bolton

Yes, this is the biggie whose excerpts have been coming out over the past couple of days.

Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent, interviews John Bolton, former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, about his new, almost-600-page book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir, which is scheduled to be released this Tuesday, June 23.

The interview will air over multiple ABC platforms, including streaming at and

If you need some lighter fare after watching Bolton’s revelations, keep watching ABC because up next will be…

10 pm: The Match Game

Alec Baldwin hosts, with this week’s guests including Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski and La Toya Jackson.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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